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Cementos Argos supports improvement of educational institution

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In partnership with the Fundación Fraternidad Medellín and the Municipality of Sonsón, the Argos Foundation has delivered the improvement of the La Danta rural education institution. The project was also supported by Postobón and the Berta Martínez Foundation.

Together, these companies invested US$6.77 billion in improving the rural education institution, which has the capacity to receive about 650 students. The aim of the projects was to contribute to educational quality as a catalyst for development, particularly in rural areas.

Developed with bioclimatic design and respectful of the environment, the project included the construction of 22 classrooms, a school restaurant, library, computer room, integrated laboratory, sanitary batteries, and an administrative area. Postobón also contributed 115 chairs and desks, which were made with 968 784 boxes of recycled material from Tetra Pak that would otherwise have gone to landfill. Part of the MiPupitre Postobón programme, the furniture is friendly to the environment and highly resistant to humidity and changes in temperature.

“It was a great satisfaction to contribute to the Argos Foundation’s construction of the rural education institution in La Danta, because we are convinced that the first pillar for the transformation of education is the transformation of physical infrastructure,” said Magda Restrepo, General Director of Fundación Fraternidad Medellín. “Some of the benefits of having decent spaces are the improvement of school coexistence and the permanence of students.”

“Promoting education is a key issue for Postobón,” said Martha Ruby Falla, Sustainability Director at Postobón. “Today, working with partners such as the Argos Foundation, we provide furniture for the MiPupitre Postobón programme, which, in addition to contributing to the management of waste by being made with recycled Tetra Pak material, contributes to the strengthening of the process in the institution. In this way, we advance our goal of impacting at least 10 000 people in 2018 with our education initiatives.”

“In Argos, we bet on rurality to reduce the inequality gap and we are excited to have formed this alliance and contribute to this educational institution, where students and teachers will have better spaces to develop their training processes,” said Carolina Jaramillo Ferrer, Director of the Argos Foundation. “We are happy because the execution of these works was supported by many people who recognise that education is the best tool to achieve the future we want.
“Cementos Argos has had an active and generous relationship with the Municipality of Sonsón, making works of progress and welfare for the inhabitants of the village of La Danta possible. This has particularly been seen in the new school, the paving of three streets, and 650 m of plate footprint on the road The Vivero-La Hermosa. In addition, in cooperation with the municipality, Cementos Argos will initiate the construction of a Wastewater Treatment Plant and has already begun the paving of four streets in La Danta.”

Cementos Argos is rated the most sustainable cement company in the world by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.

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